Friday, 10 June 2011

Review: Sixteenth Summer - Michelle Dalton

I received Sixteenth Summer from the Simon & Schuster Galley Grab Program.

Anna is dreading another tourist-filled summer on Dune Island that follows the same routine: beach, ice cream, friends, repeat. That is, until she locks eyes with Will, the gorgeous and sweet guy visiting from New York. Soon, her summer is filled with flirtatious fun as Anna falls head over heels in love.

But with every perfect afternoon, sweet kiss, and walk on the beach, Anna can’t ignore that the days are quickly growing shorter, and Will has to leave at the end of August. Anna’s never felt anything like this before, but when forever isn’t even a possibility, one summer doesn’t feel worth the promise of her heart breaking….

Sixteenth Summer is a cute, light, summer read. Our main character Anna is looking at a long lonely summer as the third wheel to her two best friends who have decided to become more than friends, until she meet tourist Will. The book gets off to a bit of a slow start with Anna coming off as slightly desperate and annoying but given her situation it's quite understandable. It picks up pace as her relationship with Will deepens.

Anna and Will had a very sweet teen romance which came off as being quite realistic to me. Although sometimes it felt as though Anna was creating a lot of problems for herself and Will, after a few ups and downs they got to a good place in the end.

One of the things I truly loved about this book was the setting, the beach town were Anna lived just seemed too good to be true. I really really can't stand the sunlight - I am a very pale red head, the sun really hurts my eyes and yes my Dad does joke about me being a vampire - so the beach is pretty much off limits to me but wow did this book make me want pack up and move there. I especially want to go to Anna's family's fourth of July party!

If you are looking for a light summer read about first love this is the perfect book for you.

That's all for now.


  1. Aw, this sounds like a really cute read! Definitely something I'd want to read in the summer - thanks for the great review! And glad you enjoyed it :).

  2. Sixteenth Summer was really cute! The perfect beach read :) I loved the setting. It really added to the story and the beach feel was always prominent. The relationship between Anna and Will was sweet but I do agree that Anna made a bunch of problems for herself. Overall, it was nice light summer read that had me smiling :)